A Russian diplomat suggests how Moscow might respond to the indirect involvement of the United States and its allies in the armed conflict.
Space infrastructure used for military purposes in Ukraine may become a legitimate target for a retaliatory strike, Deputy Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Konstantin Vorontsov warned on Thursday.
According to the diplomat at a ’round table’ in the Federation Council (upper house of the Russian Federal Assembly), the use by the United States and its allies of components of its civilian infrastructure in space for war purposes, including the trade infrastructure, is a “dangerous trend that clearly manifested itself in the course of events in Ukraine”.
The “provocative use” of civilian satellites raises questions within the framework of the Outer Space Treaty (1967), said the representative of Russian diplomacy. This kind of activity, he said, “is essentially indirect participation in armed conflict”, space infrastructure is perceived as “quasi-civilian” in this case and “may become a legitimate target for a retaliatory attack”.